Soccer federation to rule on Hertha relegation

The German soccer federation says it will rule Friday on Hertha

Berlin’s appeal of a relegation match that resulted in the team’s

demotion from the Bundesliga.

Hertha drew with second-division club Fortuna Duesseldorf 2-2 on

Tuesday after fan interference forced the referee to halt the game

three times.

The capital’s only top-division club claimed that its players

were prevented from scoring the winning goal that would have kept

the team in the Bundesliga when fans came onto the field 2 minutes

from the end.

Meanwhile, Duesseldorf police said on Friday that match referee

Wolfgang Stark has filed a criminal complaint against a player for

assaulting him off the field.

Police spokesman Markus Niesczery declined to say which player

or team was involved.